Understanding Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

By and large, BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia actually refers to the non-malignant enlargement of the prostate gland. Men who are above 50 years old are the ones commonly affected. Dr. Rob Golden and his team specializes in providing Spokane urology services, ranging from patient education to surgical interventions in treating various urological conditions such as BPH.

The following facts will help you understand BPH — what causes it and its signs and symptoms.

  • As a part of the male reproductive system, the prostate gland is about the size and shape of a walnut, situated below the urinary bladder. Its primary function is to generate fluid for the semen.

  • A man is most likely to develop BPH when he has the following risk factors: lack of physical activity, obesity, increasing age, family history of the same condition and erectile dysfunction.

  • In evaluating someone for possible  BPH, a series of diagnostic exams may be done. A thorough assessment of physical examination and medical history will also be performed by Dr. Wierschem. In assessing the severity of the signs and symptoms, the American Urological Association (AUA) has also developed a BPH Symptom Score Index.

  • The most common symptoms associated with BPH include:

                 – difficulty in initiating urination
– the need to frequently urinate is strong, particularly at night
– frequent dribbling after urination
– sensation that the bladder is not emptied yet even after urination

These common symptoms are a result of the prostate increasing in size, consequently blocking the urethra.  While BPH is not strictly life-threatening, the pain and discomfort it brings is enough reason for one to seek treatment. Ignoring its early symptoms could also lead to the development of serious conditions such as irreversible damage to the kidneys and bladder as well as kidney stone formation.

Contact us now for a personal consultation with Dr. Golden. We will help you achieve optimum urologic health through our individualized programs. The intention of the practice is to treat all patients with respect, honor and compassion. Our “job” is to diagnose and offer treatment for all acute and chronic urologic problems in an environment of healing, serving, transforming and compassion.

Call us at (509).921.0099 or fill out this online contact form. We look forward to your visit!

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